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Jul

2017

Quick Hits - July 26, 2017

Author: ASE Staff

New I-9 now available: USCIS released a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, on July 17.

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Jul

2017

Quick Hits - July 19, 2017

Author: ASE Staff

Senate Health Bill 1.2 and repeal of Obamacare both dead, but not buried:  Four Republican senators have publically opposed the updated senate health care bill.  

18

Jul

2017

Employer Gets Relief from Separation Agreement Typo

Author: Michael Burns

Oopsy daisy! In the process of permanently laying off a group of employees after Defendant-company was purchased, the terminated employees all received separation pay as part a legally executed separation agreement. Courtesy of a typo in one particular agreement, instead of getting 34 weeks of pay amounting to $80,805.97 as was intended, the Plaintiff’s agreement stated he would get $80,805.97 per week for 34 weeks amounting to a very generous, but erroneous $2,747,400 separation...

18

Jul

2017

HR Staff Ratios are Growing

Author: Kevin Marrs

According to data issued by Bloomberg BNA in its "HR Department Benchmarks and Analysis 2017" report the size of HR departments is growing.  Their report, which includes benchmark data from nearly 700 HR professionals of U.S. employers, suggests that the median ratio of HR staff to total employee headcount is at an all-time high of 1.4 full-time equivalent HR employees for every 100 workers served by the HR department.

18

Jul

2017

Are Americans Finally Using Their Vacation Time?

Author: Heather Nezich

According to the Project: Time Off report, The State of the American Vacation 2017, it appears that Americans might finally be starting to use their vacation time.  For years, vacation time usage has been on the decline in the U.S., but the 2017 report shows some optimistic results.

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Jul

2017

Quick Hits - July 12, 2017

Author: ASE Staff

Number of organizations calling for federal paid sick leave: Some 340 organizations across the U.S. penned a letter to members of Congress urging their members to "commit[] to support a strong, responsible national paid family and medical leave policy and reject harmful alternatives." 

11

Jul

2017

To Ask or Not to Ask

Author: Heather Nezich

The salary history question has become quite controversial in recent months, and some cities and states have created laws around it.  It used to be an expected question during the interview process, but there is debate over whether the question is a fair one and could cause pay inequality to prevail as women progress through their careers.

11

Jul

2017

Is Agile Management the Future?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Productivity, collaboration and innovation is a difficult proposition for many employers.  For those employers that have telecommuters, many have used and/or developed internal tools from Instant Messaging to blogs to internal LinkedIn type pages to encourage teamwork, camaraderie, and innovation within the workplace.  However, the tide appears to be turning.

11

Jul

2017

Beware of False Knowledge

Author: Chance,Susan

You have spent time and resources looking for just the right candidate for your open position. You finally found the person you want to hire, but there is still the background process to go through. You get the final report.  Something came up on your applicant’s background check, now what? As stated by George Bernard Shaw, “Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.” What does the warning from Mr. Shaw have to do with the background report? An item...

11

Jul

2017

Amazon Prime Day – The Latest Cybershopping Headache for Employers

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

If Cyber Monday during the holidays isn’t bad enough with on-line shopping distracting employees and impacting productivity, now employers have to deal with the latest online shopping “holiday” mid-year with Amazon Prime Day.  For those who aren’t familiar with Amazon Prime Day, it is the mid-summer sales equivalent of Christmas in July.

27

Jun

2017

Better Sleep Equals Better Business

Author: Heather Nezich

How long did you sleep last night?  If you’re like 83% of U.S. workers, not enough.  While the American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends that adults get 7-8 hours of sleep each night, only 17% say they actually get that full amount according to a recent Career Builder survey.  60% feel that the lack of sleep negatively affects their work.

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Jun

2017

Quick Hits - June 28, 2017

Author: ASE Staff

Limited travel ban upheld by Supreme Court: The Supreme Court agreed last Monday to allow a limited version of President Trump’s ban on travelers from six mostly Muslim countries to take effect and in the fall will consider the president’s broad powers in immigration matters in a case that raises fundamental issues of national security and religious discrimination.

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Jun

2017

Quick Hits - June 21, 2017

Author: ASE Staff

New interviewing technique - 140 characters or less: Talking with recruiters is already stressful enough by phone—and now there’s a startup that wants to make it easier and more enticing by using the language many younger people prefer: text messages.

20

Jun

2017

Do you Celebrate Take Your Dog to Work Day?

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

Friday, June 23rd is the 19th annual “Take Your Dog to Work Day” and many employers will be recognizing the day by allowing their employees to bring Fido into the office. Take Your Dog to Work Day (TYDTW Day) was created by Pet Sitters International (PSI) in 1999. PSI created the day to encourage businesses to allow dogs in the workplace for one Friday each year to celebrate the great companions dogs make and promote their adoptions from local shelters, rescue groups, and humane...

20

Jun

2017

Online Persona vs. Resume – Which Wins?

Author: Heather Nezich

A recent survey by CareerBuilder reveals that 70% of employers use social media to screen candidates before hiring.  Just one year ago that number was only 60%.  Is a person’s online persona becoming as important as their resume?

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Jun

2017

Quick Hits - June 14, 2017

Author: ASE Staff

DOL Secretary Acosta defends Trump’s proposed Labor budget: Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta gave wide-ranging testimony on the agency’s proposed fiscal year 2018 budget. 

13

Jun

2017

R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Author: Heather Nezich

What is the one thing all employees want?  Respect.  It rates very high in almost any survey you can find.  Harvard Business Review recently published a study that revealed that when over 20,000 employees from around the world, not just the U.S., were surveyed, every single one of them rated respect as number one in importance.  In fact, companies that show respect for their employees score higher across several other categories as well.

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Jun

2017

Quick Hits - June 7, 2017

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Could employer sponsored health benefits be taxed? Senate Republicans set on reworking the Affordable Care Act are considering taxing employer-sponsored health insurance plans, a move that would meet stiff resistance from companies and potentially raise taxes on millions of people who get coverage on the job.

6

Jun

2017

Orlando Workplace Shooting Serves as Wake-Up Call for Employers

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

On Monday, June 5, John Neumann, Jr., a former employee of Fiamma Inc. located in Orlando Florida, went on a fatal workplace shooting spree killing six employees before he killed himself.  He was fired in April by his former employer.  According to Orlando County Sheriff Jerry Demings, Neumann targeted his victims and had a “negative relationship” with at least one of them.  While we all want to think something like this will never happen to us, it can, and...

6

Jun

2017

No Jerks Allowed

Author: Heather Nezich

It’s likely fair to say that we’ve all come across a jerk or two in our work lives.  In a recent survey by Connectria Hosting, 83% of respondents said they’d worked with one or more jerks during the past five years.  Connectria and others have now created “No Jerks Allowed” policies for their workplaces.

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May

2017

Quick Hits - May 31, 2017

Author: ASE Staff

Can we talk? The answer to that simple question may have a profound impact on how employees are managed.

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May

2017

Farewell to Gary Lovio, ASE CFO

Author: Mary Corrado

ASE’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Gary Lovio, is retiring this Friday, June 2nd.  Gary has been with ASE for 12 years and has made many great contributions while here.

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May

2017

Should OFCCP and EEOC Merge?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

The Trump administration issued its first line item budget on May 23rd.  Among the items in the budget include the merger of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) by the end of Fiscal Year 2018.  These agencies have two separate roles and separate laws they enforce, but overlap when it comes to discrimination enforcement. The EEOC investigates worker-reported violations of federal nondiscrimination statutes...

30

May

2017

Glassdoor Survey Reports Americans Forfeit Half of Their Earned Vacation/Paid Time Off

Author: Michael Burns

It has been long said that Americans do not take as much vacation time off as their European counterparts and appear to work more and leisure less. A recent survey sponsored by Glassdoor, an online job site that also provides information on company culture for employees, found that most American workers only used half (54%) of their accrued vacation/paid time off in the past 12 months. 

30

May

2017

Is Your Job Making You Fat?

Author: Sara Pebbles

As the weather is warming up and outdoor activities are on employee’s minds, so are their summer bodies.  CareerBuilder recently conducted a survey that found that 56% of the workforce in the United States believe that they are overweight. On top of that, 45% believe that they have gained weight at their current job. And we aren’t talking about just a couple pounds here, 25% have gained more than 10 pounds and 1 in 10 have gained more than 20 pounds.  Respondents blame...
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